Missy Franklin & Emily Seebohm Miss Olympic 200 Back Final


Australia’s Emily Seebohm and American Missy Franklin have both missed the Olympic 200 back final, after the two combined to win every World and Olympic title since 2012.

It’s been a surprisingly rough Olympics for Seebohm coming off almost a full calendar year where she was unbeatable worldwide in the backstrokes. She won the world title last summer in Kazan Russia, and was the silver medalist a year earlier at the Pan Pacific Championships.

Seebohm tore up the World Cup series last fall, and looked like the favorite in both backstrokes heading into Rio.

But she’s struggled so far, falling to 7th in the 100 back and going 2:09.39 to take just 12th in the first 200 back semifinal. That leaves her out of the medal final tomorrow night.

Franklin upset Seebohm for the Olympic gold medal back in 2012, when it seemed she could do no wrong. Franklin would go on to win the event at the 2013 World Championships, one of a record-setting 6 golds she won at that meet.

In the second semifinal tonight, Franklin was just 2:09.74, taking 14th and missing the final.

The two won gold (Seebohm) and silver (Franklin) at last summer’s World Championships, meaning the only 2015 medalist still in the final is Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu.

Franklin is done for these Olympics, while Seebohm will likely swim a leg of Australia’s 4×100 medley relay.

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So sad for Missy & her family. Just probably lost millions in her endorsements because of her poor Olympic showing!

Hint of Lime

Hope she’s able to stay strong and positive after these Games. Really rooting for her, whatever she chooses to do next!


Have you ever heard you in an interview; she’s the most positive person in the world.


Well actually she still going to get plenty paid. She may have missed out on some bonuses for medals but a contract is a contract and will stil be honored. Plus if she comes back and can reclaim one of the backstroke events, it still makes for a great story that they’d all (NBC, Minute Maid, GoPro, Speedo) would love to help sell.


True she is likely tied up with her contracts another year or two but if she stops swimming they could possibly cancel them. She also misses out now on new contracts and her ability to command high appearance/speaking fees but if she makes a compelling comeback in four years everything is back on the table


Missy’s swimming career is finished…. any bid to come back to US national team is an improbable task since US swimming is getting competitive day by day….

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